Just to warn you: This is going to be random.
I didn’t really plan out what I was going to post today, so you’re going to just get a stream-of-consciousness brain dump. So, I’m sorry…unless you’re into that sort of thing. Then, in that case, you’re welcome?
I’m scared. No, seriously. I am literally afraid.
I just finished watching the trailer for
Man of Steel 2 Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice for the… uh…you know what? It doesn’t really matter how many times I’ve watched that trailer. Let’s not get caught up with numbers, ok? We’re here to talk about why I’m afraid.
Zack Snyder scares me.
As a huge Batman fan, the thought that the fate of this movie, and probably the DC Cinematic Universe rests in the hands of such an inconsistent director, seriously frightens me.
Think about it, what was the last Zack Snyder movie that you thoroughly enjoyed? If I were to remove 300 from the list of options, how much harder does your decision become?
Let’s start at the top.
His first big movie was Dawn of Dead. It was actually a remake of a beloved George Romero zombie classic with the same name. Even here, we see that Zack likes to change things. Instead of the typical shuffling mass of undead, we get something new. This time we have zombies that sprint after their prey. I have to admit that the movie is surprisingly good. Adding the new element of zombies that moved so fast really raised the tension. But don’t get me started about this being a remake of a sequel in a series of movies that is actually still being made.
Snyder’s second movie, 300, is probably his biggest and best movie to date. I can’t lie. I love this movie. I saw it in the theater the night before my first child was born. I own it on Blu-ray. And I’ve watched it many times over the years.
His next movie, Watchmen, looked to be an amazing film. The movie starts out strong. It has one of the most memorable opening credits to any movie I’ve ever seen. Then, about halfway through, the cracks began to show with a laughable love scene set to Jimi Hendrix’ All Along the Watchtower.
He made an animated movie, that I hate even having to mention. It was about owls. My daughter, who will watch just about anything, was bored out of her mind and wanted to go home. I honestly couldn’t blame her. I felt the same way.
Sucker Punch is the movie that finally made me turn on Snyder. The trailers showed the type of action and scantily clad actresses that would lure any guy into the theater. I went to this movie so excited, I could hardly contain myself. What I got was a movie about what some girl daydreamed as she was being lobotomized. Seriously. That’s exactly what the movie is about. All those cool sequences that got me into that theater seat turned out to be dreams within a dream. When the movie was over, I felt as if I had, well, been sucker punched in the gut.
There was a bit of a comeback with Man of Steel, but audiences are extremely divided over this movie. Personally, I thought the movie was pretty good. Although, again, we have Zack Snyder going into a well-established story of Superman and changing things. There are some really great moments in this film and then there are some truly bad.
Now, here we are again. In a month, Batman vs Superman will be released, and I’m excited beyond words. But I’m also afraid. Which Zack Snyder is going to show up this time? Am I going to get another 300? The first half of Watchmen? The good parts of Man of Steel?
Or will leave the theater angry like with Sucker Punch?
The more I see, the more excited I get. But the more I hear about things behind the scenes, the more worried I become.
I’ve spent the better part of the last decade watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe develop into a monster that can do no wrong. I’ve learned to love characters that I wanted nothing to do with as a child. When I was 10, you couldn’t get me to read a corny-ass Captain America comic if you tried. Ant-Man? Really? You can’t be serious!
But with each movie, I’ve eaten a bit of crow. I’ve watched one movie become a universe where every movie that is released is an event that I must attend. I’m invested now. I truly care about this overarching story that is being told and I can’t wait to see how they continue.
“Across the street,” DC wants to do the same thing. Man of Steel was supposed to be their way of dipping their toe in the water. Now that the second movie is about to be released, it’s starting to sound as if DC and Warner Brothers are getting a little nervous. If Snyder drops the ball with this movie, all future plans will suddenly be in danger of disappearing.
As it stands now, there are huge plans to make multiple movies over the next few years.
There is a 10-year-old version of me that is grinning from ear to ear. He already has his popcorn and candy, and he is sitting in a theater, watching a blank screen and waiting for the movie to start.
Seeing a live action version of Batman and Superman fighting on the big screen is a dream I’ve had since I was a little boy. Realizing that I’m this close to seeing this dream fulfilled has me ready to jump over the moon.
But, the 38-year-old version of me is looking at things differently. This guy has been burned before. He knows not to get his hopes up. And he’s seen what happens when the hype builds you up and the final product lets you down.
I just want one thing. I want Zack Snyder to walk up to that 38-year-old cynic and kick him into a pit while yelling, “This…is…BATMAN!!!”
Please, Zack. Don’t fuck this up. Please.
Do you really want to let down an excited 10-year-old? He has so many other disappointments waiting for him in life.
Don’t be one of them.